Van Buren County 4-H’er Earns Sheep Project Award
AMES, Iowa – Louis Stevens of Van Buren County received a state 4-H sheep project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Stevens, 17, is the son of Tony and Peggy Stevens of Hillsboro.
During his eight years in 4-H, Stevens has learned how to purchase and finish a market lamb for show, which has helped him succeed in the show arena where he has exhibited projects at the state fair level. He also has received area sheep project and leadership awards along with the best intermediate livestock feed records honors.
“I’ve learned more than just how to feed out and show lambs in the show ring from my sheep projects. I’ve learned how to manage my time and work with others,” he said. “During the 4-H project award process I also have improved my leadership, communication and interview skills that will follow me forever.”
In addition, Stevens has been involved in the food and nutrition, market goat, horticulture and woodworking project areas. A county 4-H council and county youth committee member, he has served as club president and vice president and has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and Citizenship-Washington Focus.
“4-H has made me a more rounded person and has given me the opportunities to expand my experiences beyond my community,” the senior at Harmony High School said.
For more information about 4-H, contact the Van Buren County office of Iowa State University (ISU) Extension. 4-H in Iowa is administered through the ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development program and headquartered on the ISU campus in Ames.
Brenda Allen, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1567, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hannah McCulloh, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, email@example.com
Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo of Louis Stevens